Clergy Crime (4789_14)

Request

1) How many violent crimes against members of the clergy have been reported over the
last 3 calendar years (including a year by year breakdown of the number of crimes).

I would define members of the clergy as professions such as deacons, priests, bishops,
preachers, vicars, ministers, imams (or what ever you feel is a suitable definition). I
would define violent crime as all violence specifically against a member of clergy – such
as sexual offences, robbery, assault, etc.

2) When supplying the information please also provide a breakdown of the
time of all of crimes that have occurred against clergy members.

If possible please provide it in the format of:

[type of crime], [date], [clergy member type] e.g. “assault, 01/01/01, vicar”.

Response

Violent Crime Against Members of the Clergy from  01 January 2011 to 31 December 2013

Year

Total

2011

5

2012

5

2013

8

Grand Total

18

Offence

Total

ASSAULT OCCASION ABH

5

COMMON ASSAULT

3

HARASSMENT

1

RACIALLY/RELIGIOUSLY AGGRAVATED INTENTIONAL HARASSMENT,ALARM OR DISTRESS

3

CAUSE INT HARASSMENT/ALARM/DISTRESS

2

EXPOSURE

1

ROBBERY-PERSONAL PROPERTY

1

RACIALLY/RELIGIOUSLY AGGRAVATED HARASSMENT,ALARM OR DISTRESS S5

1

RACIALLY/RELIGIOUSLY AGGRAVATED HARASSMENT WITHOUT VIOLENCE S2

1

Grand Total

18

Clergy Member Type

Total

MINISTER

6

PRIEST

2

CLERGYMAN

3

NUN

1

UNKNOWN

2

CHURCH OFFICER

4

Grand Total

18

Time Offence Occurred

Total

00.01- 06.00

0

06.01-12.00

5

12.01-18.00

10

18.01-00.00

3

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of crimes can be misleading and does not necessarily indicate the likelihood of someone being a victim of crime. In addition, the number of incidents/crimes recorded in an area over a period of time can be influenced by a number of factors. Consequently statistics on incidents/crimes for one period may not necessarily be a good indicator of future incidents in that area.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

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